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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Devastating VENUS Explores the Tragedy of Saartjie Baartman by Michael Dale

Traditionally, the human beings with uncommon attributes who are featured as carnival side-show attractions can hold a certain degree of power in their profession. It is their indisputable r…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

BWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME by Michael Dale

Kat, the woman who's at the center of the wildly fun and unpredictable new two-person musical comedy Ernest Shackleton Loves me, is not exactly in a good emotional place when the show begins.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

BWW Review: Mart?n Zimmerman's War Drama SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Mixes Brutality and Magical Healing by Michael Dale

Most people don't like war. We know that. So when a playwright sets out to write an anti-war drama, it helps to present some kind of specific angle that offers a clear, and hopefully origina…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

BWW Review: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN? Takes Its Text From Trump Cabinet Senate Confirmation Hearings by Michael Dale

Visitors observing the United States Senate in session from the chamber galleries are instructed to refrain from applauding, booing or - perhaps most crucial - laughing at their public serva…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

BWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLE by Michael Dale

In the late-night hours of June, 14, 1994, when hockey's New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years, there were fans visiting the gravesites of loved ones, armed w…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

BWW Review: HER OPPONENT Recreates Clinton/Trump Debates With Genders Switched by Michael Dale

As it pertains to the 2016 presidential election, the title HER OPPONANT doesn't necessarily refer to Donald Trump. As the first woman to top the ticket of one of America's major political …

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

BWW Review: John Doyle Cuts PACIFIC OVERTURES Down To Prelude Size by Michael Dale

The best thing about Classic Stage Company's small-scale, extensively trimmed production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's extraordinarily-written 1976 musical, PACIFIC OVERTURES, is a …

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BWW Review: Mobile Unit Brings Free TWELFTH NIGHT To The Public Theater by Michael Dale

Sixty years ago, Joseph Papp packed a truck with a small troupe of actors, some modest props and the firm belief that the plays of William Shakespeare belonged to everyone, and traveled thro…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, Christopher Fitzgerald and Lauren Worsham in MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLAND by Michael Dale

After producer Fred Hamlin christened Columbus Circle's Majestic Theatre with a spectacular musical extravaganza based on L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' The show had nothing to…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

BWW Review: Can Andy Karl Draw Sweet Water From GROUNDHOG DAY's Foul Well? by Michael Dale

In 1957, Meredith Willson wagered he could get Broadway audiences to cheer for THE MUSIC MAN's serial swindler who cheats nice people out of their hard-earned money and harasses the leading …

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

BWW Review: The Door Slams Back in Lucas Hnath's A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Michael Dale

When a classic play from the past is revived, there's always the temptation to point out its relevance to today, or at least to present it through a contemporary lens. In some ways, that's …

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

BWW Review: In Exhilarating and Moving BANDSTAND, War Veterans Use Music To Express What They Can't Put Into Words by Michael Dale

As they sit in darkness, the first thing the audience hears is the sound of distant explosions. They come with an erratic frequency, edging frighteningly closer with each blast. But gradua…

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BWW Review: John Guare's Pre-Google SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Examines The Need For Human Connections by Michael Dale

Long before websites like Friendster Remember Friendster increased the awareness of how few people it takes for one's social network to spread worldwide, John Guare's smart and funny 1990 en…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BWW Review: ANASTASIA Brings Romantic Golden Age Style Back To Broadway by Michael Dale

No, that's not some forgotten Golden Age musical floating effervescently across the Broadhurst stage, but ANASTASIA sure has the old-fashioned romantic feel of one. The story of a young wom…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

BWW Review: Christian Borle Grabs The Spotlight as Willy Wonka in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Michael Dale

With two supporting actor Tony Awards under his belt, the versatile and immensely talented Christian Borle finally spent an opening night as a Broadway leading man earlier this season, playi…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

BWW Review: Bette Midler's The Star Attraction, But HELLO, DOLLY! is The Star by Michael Dale

Yes, yes, we all know Bette Midler is the above the title attraction and her presence is the reason the latest Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY is the season's hottest new ticket. And she d…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BWW Review: Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Thrilling INDECENT Recalls A Case of Broadway Censorship by Michael Dale

Passion, as it applies to the need to create and communicate through artistic endeavors, is a word that can be overused. Certainly countless numbers derive immense pleasure from their partic…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

BWW Review: Prospective In-Laws Clash Over Religion In THE PROFANE by Michael Dale

From ABIE'S IRISH ROSE to LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and beyond, the conflicts that occur when future in-laws meet for the first time have been a traditional source of comedy for both stage and scre…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

BWW Review: J.T. Rogers' Fascinating OSLO Transfers To Broadway and to The Trump Administration by Michael Dale

When J.T. Rogers' fascinating play about the power and beauty of human interaction and diplomacy, OSLO, premiered Off-Broadway this past July at Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theater, it w…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BWW Review: Harvey Fierstein Reluctantly Finds Romance in Martin Sherman's Compelling GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM by Michael Dale

I'm old enough to be your ancestor, the 61-year-old gentleman scoffs to his 28-year-old overnight guest who, after meeting on a dating site called Gaydar, suggests that something of permanen…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

BWW Review: Transport Group Intimately Pairs William Inge's COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA with PICNIC by Michael Dale

A great difference between the Broadway theatre of today and that of the 1950s, the decade when William Inge emerged as an important American playwright, is that the public couldn't see the …

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Friday, April 7, 2017

BWW Review: Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Battle Over American Women in WAR PAINT by Michael Dale

The recently completed Off-Broadway run of Penelope Skinner's fictional dramatic comedy LINDA embraced the efforts of a 55-year-old feminist of the cosmetics industry who fought to have her …

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

BWW Review: Kevin Kline Leads A Terrific Cast In Noel Coward's Classic Comedy PRESENT LAUGHTER by Michael Dale

Noel Coward was 39 years old when he played the lead role of Garry Essendine, a famous actor fearing for the future of his career as he enters middle age, in the premiere production of his r…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BWW Review: Pam MacKinnon and Phillipa Soo Make AMELIE Flippantly Free-Spirited Fun by Michael Dale

Bursting with joy isn't exactly a phrase commonly used to describe the exceptional directorial work of Pam MacKinnon. The woman who guided the premiere of Bruce Norris' tensely comic CLYBOU…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

BWW Review: Brit-Farce THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Literally Brings Down The House by Michael Dale

All the context you'll need to deal with at the Lyceum's latest offering, Britain's Mischief Theatre import, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, is right there in the title. Forgoing pesky details li…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

COME FROM AWAY's Gander Township Rejects Application To Build Trump Hotel and Casino by Michael Dale

The town council of Gander, Newfoundland has unanimously voted against an application to clear land adjacent to the community's historic airport for the construction of a Trump Hotel and Cas…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

BWW Review: John Leguizamo Brushes Up On LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS by Michael Dale

It's no secret to theatregoer's that the frenetically paced, multi-character solo plays by Obie-winner John Leguizamo have provided far more insight into Latin-American history and culture t…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's Incisive Labor/Racism Drama, SWEAT, Transfers To Broadway by Michael Dale

After her breakout Off-Broadway production of INTIMATE APPAREL and a Pulitzer Prize for her brutal depiction of rape as a weapon of war in RUINED, Lynn Nottage has been well established as o…

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

BWW Review: Cole Porter Meets Jimmy Durante as Encores! Reconstructs THE NEW YORKERS by Michael Dale

The authors who wrote the books for even the most successful Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 30s often get a bum rap for the flimsiness of their plots and the nonsensical nature o…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

BWW Review: MISS SAIGON Gains New Relevance As Americans Debate Refugee Issues by Michael Dale

The helicopter is real this time, as is the Asian heritage of the leading man, as Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's MISS SAIGON lands at the Broadway Theatre once more. Laurence C…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BWW Review: Societal Norms Meet Animal Natures in Sarah Ruhl's HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Michael Dale

As patrons enter the Mitzi Newhouse for Sarah Ruhl's newest clever and quirky comedy, HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE, they're greeted by set designer David Zinn's rendering of a smart and…

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